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What They’re Saying: live arts in Brooklyn this week, July 2

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July 2, 2024 Evan Rosen
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Organ Monk Jam

Live music, Jazz

Therapy Wine Bar 2.0, 260 Malcolm X Boulevard, Stuyvesant Heights

Wednesday, July 3 @ 8:30 p.m.  (every other Wednesday)

In collaboration with KEYED UP! and Jazz Generation, Therapy Wine Bar 2.0 hosts the Organ Monk Jam every other Wednesday night, inviting musicians of all levels to join and contribute to the local music scene.

Under the leadership of Gregory Lewis, a musician known for reinterpreting Thelonious Monk’s works on the Hammond organ, the group Organ Monk has made a name for itself in the jazz and blues scene. Their latest album, Organ Monk Going Home (2023), was recognized by The New York City Jazz Record as a “Best of 2023” selection.

“Lewis’ artistry has been honed and enriched through a lifetime of commitment and performance, leading to opportunities and acclaim. Over a long-standing career, the limelight has intensified on his immense talent as the leader of his all-star Organ Monk trio, quartet, and quintet.” –  amNY

“Gregory Lewis was raised in New York City in a musical household where he was surrounded by a diverse selection of influences and genres — including funk, soul and jazz. As a young musician himself, his earliest invitations into the world of music performance came, not via jazz, but through the spiritual route — the houses of worship he grew up attending with his family.” – Annette Hinkle, 27east.com

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Red, White and Rosé Party at Brooklyn Winery

Music, Food, Community

Brooklyn Winery, 61 Guernsey Street, Greenpoint

Thursday, July 4 @ 3 p.m.

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Celebrate the July 4th holiday at the Red, White and Rosé Party at Brooklyn Winery, sipping wine on their patio and listening to their special Winemaker DJ. Your ticket grants you unlimited access for three hours to drinks, food and sweet treats.

This event is for guests aged 21+ and includes Chef Shaun’s Smashburger Sliders, smoked hotdogs with all the fixings, thick-cut french fries, Caesar salad romaine cups, rosé shaved ice, caramel swirl brownies and more.

Brooklyn Winery was founded by Brian Leventhal and John Stires in October 2010, and soon became a go-to destination for wine-loving New Yorkers. Almost 15 years later, in early Feb. 2023, Brooklyn Winery [found] a new home at 61 Guernsey Street by McCarren Park.” – Serena Tara, Thrillist

Coney Island Fourth of July Fireworks

Fireworks, Community

Coney Island Boardwalk and Steeplechase Park, Coney Island

Thursday, July 4 @ 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down the boardwalk with your loved ones, experience the thrill of the rides and have a delicious dinner by the water before watching the spectacular 4th of July fireworks at Coney Island.

For even more fireworks fun, visit Coney Island Beach on Fridays throughout the summer for an amazing fireworks show, which continues until Labor Day.

“There are many reasons to visit Coney Island year-round. It has an iconic boardwalk where you can get the famous Nathan’s Hot Dogs. There is an amusement park with some of the most thrilling rides on the East Coast. Don’t forget about the Atlantic Ocean with its breezes. But one of the best reasons to visit Coney Island during the summer is its fireworks. The neighborhood hosts spectacular displays all summer long.” – Ellen Freudenheim, TripSavvy

“Friday Night Fireworks run through Labor Day. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. and launch from the beach at West 12th Street, providing a breathtaking backdrop to the iconic boardwalk and amusement parks.” – Time Out

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Good People Comedy

Stand-up, Live Comedy

Somethin’ Else, Dekalb Market, 445 Albee Square W, Downtown Brooklyn

Tuesday, July 2 @ 8 p.m. (weekly)

Some of New York’s best young comedians are flocking to the new comedy show in Dekalb Market’s hidden back-area bar every other Tuesday. The room is an up-scale lounge space, with couches instead of front-row seats. New-age aesthetics and positive vibes are reshaping the city’s comedy scene in Brooklyn’s image. 

This week’s set is headlined by comedian Mark Gregory, who’s been seen on Amazon Prime. It also features Katie Arroyo, Greg Giraldo Jr., Keenan Steiner, Kar Logan, Damien Speranza and Sabrina Piper.

“Head to Somethin’ Else for an evening filled with laughter at Good People Comedy, located in the basement of Dekalb Market (opposite Trader Joe’s). Get ready to be entertained by some of the best comedians in New York as they take the stage.” – Downtown Brooklyn

“After spending much of my adult life around stand-ups, I finally realized a real negativity hanging around the scene. I decided to make this show to have a space for comedy where we’re not complaining about everything being horrible.” – Sam Poznak, Founder of GPC

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Azure Day Party at the Arlo Williamsburg Rooftop

Dance, Music, Party

Arlo Williamsburg, 96 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg

July 4, July 7 and other select dates

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Bring your best dance moves to the Azure Day Party, held every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. through September. Start your week at the rooftop bar ART Williamsburg, the premier weekend destination offering an exciting evening cocktail lounge with top DJs spinning all night.

With breathtaking NYC views, alfresco dining and delicious cocktails, you can lounge, dance and celebrate by the poolside in an electrifying atmosphere. Tickets start at $75.

“When Arlo Williamsburg opened last year in the space formerly occupied by The Williamsburg Hotel, it didn’t waste time becoming a neighborhood fixture, and in the warmer months, hotel guests and locals alike flock to the Water Tower Bar. DJs encourage dancing and mingling, while dramatic views of Manhattan mesmerize patrons sipping Arlo’s espresso martini or a non-alcoholic beverage called Match Me.” – Stacey Lastoe, Brooklyn Magazine

“The Arlo Williamsburg is a reasonably priced hotel in the heart of Brooklyn’s buzziest neighborhood. The property is a short walk away to the Bedford Avenue subway stop, the vast and lively McCarren Park, and close to the border of the ever-evolving Greenpoint neighborhood.” – Jessica Chapel, Condé Nast Traveler

Bargemusic Admission-Free Concerts

Music, Concerts

Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7 @ 2 p.m.

Bargemusic offers concerts year-round in a renovated coffee barge, with an intimate wood-paneled room offering fantastic acoustics and thrilling views of lower Manhattan. 

This program, which offers free classical music, has a lineup announced at the time of the performance. There will be no reserved seating.

“Last night, I attended Bargemusic, a recital of chamber music on a barge. Manhattan was the backdrop. As Bach, Mozart and Brahms played, the barge rose and fell on the breathing river. It was magic.” – Playwright John Patrick Shanley

“Spend an evening aboard New York City’s floating concert hall at Bargemusic. Open all year round, Bargmusic is moored right under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and puts on week after week of fantastic gigs.” – VacationIdea.com

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